Photographer's Note

This was part of the railway laid by the thousands of POWs during the second world war. Called the Death Railway due to the horrific number of prisoners that died under the extremely harsh conditions in which they were forced to work as slave labour for the Japanese. Much of the railway was laid through jungle, in places huge cuttings had to be carved out of the rock. In this particular place the prisoners had to lay tressles to enable the railway to continue around a cliff face. Their handiwork even today still carries the train. Nowadays of course, the train doesn't carry japanese war materials to Burma but loads of sightseers and tourists. It just so happened that the train I got on was packed with boy scouts and girl guides coming back from a camp. The name "death railway" seemed to take on a new meaning as the boys hung out of the doors and windows with little regard for their own personal safety.

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Additional Photos by paul Artus (paulartus) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 21 N: 146] (833)
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